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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The John Kerry edition of the "Boston Globe"

Fresh John Kerry news from the Boston Globe: a report that John Kerry received some D's during his college years...and the more important news that Kerry had signed the military form 180 to release all of his military records. Right-wing nut jobs and other conservative pundits and bloggers had been demanding that Kerry sign the 180 and release the records. Well, he did what?

It's interesting that the Globe's lead story was about Kerry's college grades, (registration is required for the Boston Globe's web site) not the release of all of his military records, a point highlighted in a report by Media Matters for America.

Kerry's grades his freshman year were not the greatest, and the Globe makes a point of comparing Kerry's lackluster performance to George W. Bush's grades.

Now, I don't think in all cases good or bad grades are a reflection of a student's intelligence. There are plenty of high IQ students getting bad grades because they're so bored with their school work. I'm in the middle of my freshman year, and my math grades have been pretty bad. Doesn't mean I'm stupid. Re-learning math has been a difficult process since it was 20 years ago that I last sat in a math class.

Now, the thing with George W. Bush is that he seems genuinely...dim. Something's not quite right with the man. At least when it comes to forming sentences and then speaking those sentences. Jacob Weisberg at Slate has been collecting "Bushisms" since Bush took office. And Bush says shit that just boggles the mind. Like this:

"I think younger workers—first of all, younger workers have been promised benefits the government—promises that have been promised, benefits that we can't keep. That's just the way it is."—Washington, D.C., May 4, 2005

"If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?"—Detroit, Feb. 8, 2005

And there are so many more examples like the ones above...there are dozens if not hundreds.

Now, on to the release of all of Kerry's military records. The Boston Globe ran that piece on page A7 of the print edition. The full records are basically the same records that had already been released by Kerry. What was contained in the new records was praise for Kerry from the same people that went on to join up with the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth to criticize Kerry.

Those commanders praised Kerry during his service in Vietnam, with statements like "(John Kerry) is one of the finest young officers with whom I've served" and "is the acknowledged leader of his peer group" and for performance was "highly recommended for promotion."

(The Globe piece doesn't identify which officers praised Kerry, but I imagine we'll know soon, and you can put money down on this: one or more will be members of the Swift Boat Vets, apparently suffering from memory loss in 2004 in their recollections of Kerry).

There you have it, conservative bloggers and pundits: the 180 has been signed and the records released. Happy? Time to drop this one, wouldn't you say?

Of course, they will not drop it. They'll bitch about how long it took for him to sign the 180. And not a single one of them, the pundits and bloggers, will demand that George W. Bush release all of his military records.


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